If it seems like the entertainment on your TV screen has become more blatantly anti-gun recently, it’s not your imagination. Hollywood really is becoming much closer to the anti-gun groups, according to Variety’s Ted Johnson. Everytown for Gun Safety and Brady Campaign plugs have been featured on network, cable and online shows, and I imagine it won’t be long before some TV mom joins Moms Demand Action to promote so-called “common-sense gun safety laws.”
Meanwhile, the creative types in Hollywood responsible for this new form of heavy-handed ideological product placement are ignoring compelling stories that could appeal to a large swath of the American public. Can you imagine any of the following stories showing up as movies at your local movieplex or being available to stream on Netflix or Hulu?
“In the Arena—The Charlton Heston Story”
Starting with his work in the civil rights movement (including being on the podium with Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963) and continuing on through his National Rifle Association presidency, this sweeping biography of Charlton Heston presents the story of one man’s decades-long fight for individual liberty and freedom. Based on a true story.
“Bullseye—The Ginny Thrasher Story”
18-year old Ginny Thrasher is a West Virginia University freshman trying to settle in to a new routine. She’s also a student athlete, and over the course of her freshman year she wins an individual NCAA Rifle Championship, helps lead her team to the NCAA team championship and earns a spot on the U.S. Olympic team competing in Rio. Based on a true story.
“Grey Steel—The Armed Octogenarian”
In Sultan, Wash., an 80-year-old woman and her family see their peaceful evening at home shattered when a 25-year old breaks into their home and tries to stab the woman’s 75-year-old husband to death. Thankfully, the woman is able to get her firearm and defend her family from this violent armed attacker. Based on a true story.
“Moms Don’t Miss—Armed In Indianapolis”
On a quiet residential street in Indianapolis, a young mom is forced to defend herself and her baby after an armed intruder invades her home in broad daylight. Thankfully, the mom has a gun of her own, and it doesn’t end up well for the bad guy. Police investigators discover that the intruder also had walkie-talkie and zip ties, which leads them on a hunt for the intruder’s suspected accomplice. Based on a true story.
“A Place of Honor—The Ida Wells Story”
In the long hot summer of 1892, lynch mobs across the South were engaged in a campaign of terror against African-Americans. While that campaign was waged, armed blacks fought back against the lynch mobs in places like Jacksonville, Fla., and Paducah, Ken. Ida Wells, a 30-year-old journalist and activist, raises a storm of controversy when she publishes her pamphlet “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases” and declares that a Winchester repeating rifle (the AR-15 of its day) deserves “a place of honor in every black home.” Despite protests (and threats), Wells continues her advocacy for armed self-defense and racial equality for decades to come. Based on a true story.
Hollywood’s producers seem more interested in bringing mindless reboots like “Three’s Company” to the big screen (no, seriously) than they are in bringing Heston’s story to life, or telling the incredible true tale of Thrasher, Wells and other inspirational figures who were gun owners. They’d rather write these figures out of our history and embrace the anti-gun hysteria than acknowledge these men and women who’ve fought for our civil rights.